Ed Zinthefer, owner of Arch Electric in Plymouth, crunched to the top of a small snow bank to get a better look at the solar panels his team was installing on the roof of Ebenezer United Church of Christ in Sheboygan.

“See the top edge of that row of panels?” he said. “It’ll be a series of 72 panels. In electrical terms, it’s referred to as a 16kw system.”

The past few months have been busy ones for the north side church — an addition was constructed and the roof was replaced, all in preparation for the solar panels that arrived late in December.

“Our long-range planning committee has been working for several years, looking at our building and needs for ministry and the future,” said the Rev. Roger Mealiff, senior pastor of Ebenezer UCC. “Part of that was a new roof, and it seemed like if we were going to look at the possibility of solar panels, that was a logical time to do that.”

The congregation had been embracing green on a smaller scale for quite some time already — their coffee hour stopped using Styrofoam cups in favor of ceramic mugs; many members elected to have their newsletter sent electronically, and a recent computer recycling drive was met with great success.


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